ms Zuiderdam

ms Zuiderdam Review and Specifications

Specifications of ms Zuiderdam

Year built2002  /  Age : 17
Flag state Netherlands
BuilderFincantieri (Marghera, Italy)
ClassVista
Building costUSD 430 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorHolland America Line
Speed24 kn / 44 kph / 28 mph
Length (LOA)285 m / 935 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage82305 gt
Passengers1970 - 2364
Crew817
Passengers-to-space ratio35
Decks11
Cabins985
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2015
Sister-shipsMS Noordam, MS Oosterdam, MS Westerdam
Christened byJoan Lunden

Current itinerary of ms Zuiderdam

ms Zuiderdam current cruise is 24 days, round-trip Jewels Of The Baltic & Northern Isles. The itinerary starts on 31 May, 2019 and ends on 24 Jun, 2019.

Date / TimePort
31 May 17:00    Departing from Copenhagen, Denmark hotels
02 Jun 12:00 - 19:00    Tallinn, Estonia
03 Jun 07:00 - 04 Jun 18:00    Saint Petersburg, Russia
05 Jun 07:00 - 16:00    Helsinki, Finland
06 Jun 08:00 - 17:00    Stockholm, Sweden
08 Jun 06:00 - 23:00    Warnemunde-Rostock, Germany
09 Jun 08:00 - 16:00    Kiel, Germany
10 Jun 07:00 - 17:00    Copenhagen, Denmark
12 Jun 08:00 - 18:00    Bergen, Norway
13 Jun 08:00 - 17:00    Alesund, Norway
15 Jun 08:00 - 18:00    Seydisfjordur, Iceland
16 Jun 08:00 - 17:00    Akureyri, Iceland
17 Jun 08:00 - 17:00    Isafjordur, Iceland
18 Jun 08:00 - 19 Jun 16:00    Reykjavik, Iceland
21 Jun 09:00 - 19:00    Lerwick, Mainland Shetland, Scotland
22 Jun 08:00 - 17:00    Invergordon, Scotland
24 Jun 07:00    Arriving in Copenhagen, Denmark hotels

Review of ms Zuiderdam

Launched in 2002, ms Zuiderdam is the 1st Vista-class Holland America cruise ships, together with ms Oosterdamms Noordam, and ms Westerdam.

History - construction and ownership

Holland America Line (HAL) is a Seattle-based cruise company owned by Carnival Corporation (shipowner). Between 1873-1989, HAL was a Dutch cargo and passenger shipping company operating regular Transatlantic crossings between Holland and the Americas. HAL was founded in 1873 as "Dutch-American Steamship Company" headquartered in Rotterdam Netherlands. In 1989, HAL was acquired by Carnival Corporation for around EUR 530 million. Among the company's assets are the Westmark hotel chain (Alaska-Yukon), Worldwide Shore Services (warehouses-logistics) and Half Moon Cay (Caribbean private island).

Holland America MS Zuiderdam cruise ship

The 82,305-ton, 1,848-passenger cruise ship ms Zuiderdam was much showier than its ancestors. The ship sparkled with a flashy colour scheme and younger sensitivity, devised in an endeavour to attract younger cruisers in an area that was, at that point, fairly uncharted for the line: the Caribbean. The bright new look, from vivid red lifts and corridors to bar and show lounge seating in magenta, orange and yellow, increased more than a few eyebrows. Actually, the vessels that followed reflected a return to a more conservative layout style. There is one very interesting thing - much of the vessel's unusually light decor was left unchanged during the refurbishment, part of the cruise line's multi-million-dollar Signature of Excellence project. But, whether it is "gaudy" or "modern" really depends on passengers' personal style. After all, as more and more vessel designers take risks with distinct shapes and colour palettes, styles that felt loud in 2002 are more ordinary a few years later. Probably the vessel has just grown into her look.

Cruise itinerary program

MS Zuiderdam itinerary program is based on Alaska cruises from Seattle WA in the summer. During winter months the ship operates on the ”10 Day Panama Canal Sunfarer” cruises from Fort Lauderdale, featuring Panama Canal transits on repositioning.

Cabins

MS Zuiderdam has a total number of 959 cabins (of which 162 Suites, 477 Balcony, 155 Inside rooms) in 30 grades. Most ms Zuiderdam staterooms are 210-360-sq.foot balcony rooms. Nearly 70% of ship's accommodations have private balcony views. 28 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard ms Zuiderdam are the Pinnacle Suites (1150 ft2).

Implemented fleetwide in 2019, "Club Orange" program provides exclusive amenities to Suite passengers booked in categories Neptune and Pinnacle. Bonus perks by this program include:

  • priority services (check-in, disembarkation, tendering, dining reservations)
  • 24-hour concierge service (assistance, information, reservations)
  • exclusive dining venue (serving complimentary Pinnacle Grill breakfast and Dining Room dinner, plus exclusive dishes)
  • dedicated Concierge Desk (Guest Services and Tours)
  • room service (a la carte breakfast menu with complimentary gourmet dishes - including smoked salmon, steak and eggs)
  • sparkling wine (embarkation day), Club Orange tote bag, premium bathrobes (cabin use, available for monogramming and purchasing).
  • Club Orange Restaurant is part of the Main Dining Room (designed as separate VIP dining section).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Zuiderdam's main dining room features large windows in both its upper and lower sections. These rooms are separated by a ceiling, which is better than MDR's upper level looking down onto the lower one. Such a layout makes conversation better as voices don't carry as far, though you don't get the grand effect common to other main dining rooms. Holland America's Lido buffet rates among the best organized at sea. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night snacks, the spot is in bright, jazzy colours with seating in the main pool area under magrodome cover (sliding glass roof) and on the adjacent aft deck. Food is arranged in themed stations that serve up sandwiches made to order, salads, pizza, sushi, stir-fries and typical hot fare. Thus, you don't have to wait behind a passenger picking through the salad bar if you want to move on to the meat station.

Follows the complete list of ms Zuiderdam restaurants and food bars.

  • Pinnacle Grill (130-seat reservations-only seafood/steakhouse restaurant with fine wines selection; free for passengers under 12 yo). The venue transforms into “An Evening at le Cirque” once per cruise via a partnership with NYC “Le Cirque” French restaurant.
  • Vista Restaurant (1058-seat, aft Dining Room; features open seating Breakfast and Lunch, two Dinner options – 2 fixed seatings or “Any Time” dining between 5:15 p.m. - 9 p.m.)
  • Terrace Grill (fast food pool bar; complimentary)
  • Lido Restaurant (446-seat complimentary buffet restaurant; offers self-service Breakfast 6:00 a.m. -11 a.m., Lunch 11:30 p.m. - 2 p.m., Afternoon Tea, and Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
  • Canaletto Restaurant (Lido Restaurant annexe; operates as an Italian restaurant for Dinner, reservations required).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The Culinary Arts Center features permanent cooking and viewing equipment to instruct guests on the preparation of various dishes. It is operated via a partnership with Food & Wine magazine and offers wine tastings ($15), cocktail tastings and mixology classes, as well as cooking, cake decorating, garnishing and flower arranging classes. The Queen's Lounge offers musical performances with B.B. King's Blues Club experience for five nights per week. The Digital Workshop, powered by Microsoft, is a dedicated computing education venue, with two rows of computers fronting a big, wall-mounted monitor hooked into the computer of the instructor, to graphically demonstrate each step. Other amenities include: complimentary 24-Hour Room-Service, Supervised Kids Program ("Club Hal"), cruise ship weddings, Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry/Self-Serve Laundromats.

Holland America MS Zuiderdam cruise ship

Follows the complete list of ms Zuiderdam lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Atrium (3-deck high midship open-floor area with live performances)
  • Vista Lounge (867-seat theatre/main show lounge; also serves Holland America’s enrichment program (via a partnership with BBC Earth)
  • Piano Bar; Sports Bar; Pinnacle Bar (28-seat wine bar); Ocean Bar (Atrium bar and lounge, with dance floor and stage for live performances)
  • Northern Lights Disco & Nightclub
  • Queen’s Lounge & Culinary Arts Centre (with live band entertainment, cooking shows, culinary classes; via a partnership with “Food & Wine Magazine”)
  • Explorer’s Lounge & Bar (lounge with bar; classical concert performances)
  • Meeting Rooms (Hudson, Half Moon, Stuyvesant)
  • Photo Gallery & Shop; Art Gallery
  • Casino (served by Casino Bar and Sports Bar)
  • Screening Room (38-seat indoor cinema); Erasmus Room (24-seat library)
  • Atrium Shops (boutiques for duty-free tobaccos and liquor, perfumes, watches, clothing, HAL logo merchandise, souvenirs); Marabella Luxury Shop
  • Explorations Cafe (speciality coffee bar and patisserie; also serves as ship’s Library and Online Centre/Internet computers room)
  • Neptune Lounge (club venue for Deluxe Suite and Pinnacle guests only)
  • Fitness Center (gym with separate Aerobics Room)
  • Greenhouse Spa & Salon (with Hydro Pool); Lido Pool area, served by Lido Bar and Terrace Grill; Sea View Pool area served by Sea View Bar; The Retreat (adults-only); 5 jacuzzis
  • Crow’s Nest (observation lounge; bar and dance floor; becomes disco at night)
  • Sport Court (basketball, volleyball, soccer); Promenade Deck, Walking Track
  • Club HAL (kids lounge, complimentary youth programming)
  • The Loft (teens club lounge area, with Video Games Arcade, computers, PlayStations; teen disco).

ms Zuiderdam wiki

During a major drydock refit in 2007, HAL's Zuiderdam ship was stretched by adding a 130 ft / 40 m long midsection. Zuiderdam is the first of Holland America's all 4 "compass ships" (Vista-class vessels), with sisterships NoordamOosterdamWesterdam. Zuider means "South" (in Dutch). The class was named "Vista" because of the expansive use of glass in the superstructure. Ship's Inaugural Cruise/ Maiden Voyage was on December 14, 2002. Ship's Godmother was Joan Lunden (1950-born US journalist, author, TV host).

The ship features a Venetian theme throughout - numerous sculptures, statues and paintings of famous Dutch ships. In its Atrium area, the ship has an impressively big Seahorse sculpture made of crystal. Other prominent pieces of art onboard are a Queen Beatrix's painting (by Andy Warhol), medallions by F.L.Wright, a floral painting by Charles Ben in addition to the ship's big collection of many centuries-old antiques & paintings. This HAL ship features 85% oceanview cabins, and 67% balconies. MS Zuiderdam is the first cruise ship ever to offer data sockets/ports in every cabin for Internet access.

Zuiderdam is Holland America's 3rd vessel with this name. The 1st "Zuider" liner was in service 1912-1922 (5200-ton Transatlantic cargo ship crossing between Rotterdam and Savannah GA USA). The 2nd Zuiderdam (passenger ship) was scheduled for launch in 1941 but was badly damaged by the British (air attack) while docked in Port Rotterdam. German command decided to raise and re-float the hull in 1942 to be used as a port blockage to the Allied forces in 1944. After WW2 (1939-1945) this ill-fated ship was raised again but was never completed.

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ms Zuiderdam Itineraries

The below listed ms Zuiderdam cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Holland America fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 May 17 24 days, round-trip Fjords & Highlands And Jewels Of The Baltic Copenhagen
2019 May 31 10 days, round-trip Jewels Of The Baltic Copenhagen
2019 May 31 24 days, round-trip Jewels Of The Baltic & Northern Isles Copenhagen
2019 Jun 10 14 days, round-trip Northern Isles Copenhagen $1127
2019 Jun 10 26 days, round-trip Northern Isles & Jewels Of The Baltic Copenhagen $2018
2019 Jun 24 12 days, round-trip Jewels Of The Baltic Copenhagen $890
2019 Jun 24 19 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Rotterdam Copenhagen $1583
2019 Jul 06 24 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Boston Copenhagen $2028
2019 Jul 06 7 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Rotterdam Copenhagen $741
2019 Jul 13 17 days, one-way from Rotterdam to Boston Rotterdam $1484
2019 Jul 13 34 days, round-trip Viking Passage & Voyage Of The Vikings Rotterdam $5097
2019 Jul 30 35 days, round-trip Voyage Of The Vikings Boston $7919
2019 Jul 30 17 days, one-way from Boston to Rotterdam Boston $3959
2019 Aug 16 18 days, one-way from Rotterdam to Boston Rotterdam $4355
2019 Sep 03 12 days, one-way from Boston to Quebec City Boston $2149
2019 Sep 15 12 days, one-way from Quebec City to New York Quebec City $1399
2019 Sep 27 12 days, one-way from New York to Quebec City New York $1299
2019 Oct 09 11 days, one-way from Quebec City to Fort Lauderdale Quebec City $899
2019 Oct 20 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Fort Lauderdale $949
2019 Oct 30 11 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Fort Lauderdale $1009
2019 Nov 10 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Fort Lauderdale $1009
2019 Nov 20 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Fort Lauderdale $949
2019 Dec 10 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Seafarer Fort Lauderdale $909
2019 Dec 10 17 days, round-trip Seafarer & Eastern Caribbean Holiday Fort Lauderdale $1863
2019 Dec 20 14 days, round-trip Eastern & Tropical Caribbean Holiday Fort Lauderdale $1948
2019 Dec 20 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Holiday Fort Lauderdale $999
2019 Dec 27 7 days, round-trip Tropical Caribbean Holiday Fort Lauderdale $999
2019 Dec 27 15 days, round-trip Tropical & Western Caribbean Holiday Fort Lauderdale $1711
2020 Jan 03 8 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $749
2020 Jan 18 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $699
2020 Jan 18 14 days, round-trip Eastern / Tropical Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $1379
2020 Jan 25 7 days, round-trip Tropical Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $699
2020 Jan 25 14 days, round-trip Tropical / Western Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $1426
2020 Feb 01 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $749
2020 Feb 01 14 days, round-trip Western / Tropical Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $1473
2020 Feb 08 7 days, round-trip Tropical Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $749
2020 Feb 08 18 days, round-trip Tropical / Sunfarer Caribbean Fort Lauderdale $2186
2020 Feb 15 11 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Fort Lauderdale $1499
2020 Feb 26 11 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Fort Lauderdale $1499
2020 Mar 08 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Fort Lauderdale $1399
2020 Mar 18 11 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Fort Lauderdale $1499
2020 Mar 29 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Fort Lauderdale $1399
2020 Apr 08 11 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Fort Lauderdale $1599
2020 Apr 19 14 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Civitavecchia Fort Lauderdale $1199
2020 Apr 19 26 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Venice Fort Lauderdale $2949
2020 May 03 12 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice Civitavecchia $1999
2020 May 03 24 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice Civitavecchia $3599
2020 May 15 12 days, round-trip Mediterranean Empires Venice $1899
2020 May 15 24 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice $3699
2020 May 27 24 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice $3799
2020 May 27 12 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice $1999
2020 Jun 08 24 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Copenhagen Civitavecchia $3699
2020 Jun 20 12 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Copenhagen Civitavecchia $1899
2020 Jun 20 26 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Copenhagen Civitavecchia $4349
2020 Jul 02 14 days, round-trip Northern Isles Copenhagen $2699
2020 Jul 02 24 days, round-trip Northern Isles & Jewels Of The Baltic Copenhagen $4449
2020 Jul 16 10 days, round-trip Jewels Of The Baltic Copenhagen $1999
2020 Jul 16 24 days, round-trip Jewels Of The Baltic & Northern Isles Copenhagen $4449
2020 Jul 26 14 days, round-trip Northern Isles Copenhagen $2699
2020 Jul 26 24 days, round-trip Northern Isles & Jewels Of The Baltic Copenhagen $4449
2020 Aug 09 10 days, round-trip Jewels Of The Baltic Copenhagen $1999
2020 Aug 09 29 days, one-way from Copenhagen to New York Copenhagen $5399
2020 Aug 19 19 days, one-way from Copenhagen to New York Copenhagen $3699
2020 Sep 07 10 days, one-way from New York to Quebec City New York $1399
2020 Sep 17 10 days, one-way from Quebec City to New York Quebec City $1399
2020 Sep 27 10 days, one-way from New York to Quebec City New York $1399
2020 Oct 07 11 days, one-way from Quebec City to Fort Lauderdale Quebec City $1199
2020 Oct 18 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Fort Lauderdale $1199
2020 Oct 28 11 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Fort Lauderdale $1399
2020 Nov 08 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Fort Lauderdale $1199
2020 Nov 18 11 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Fort Lauderdale $1299
2020 Nov 29 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Fort Lauderdale $1099
2020 Dec 09 11 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Fort Lauderdale $1099
2020 Dec 09 18 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer & Eastern Caribbean Holiday Fort Lauderdale $2199
2020 Dec 20 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Holiday Fort Lauderdale $1099
2020 Dec 20 14 days, round-trip Eastern & Western Caribbean Holiday Fort Lauderdale $2199
2020 Dec 27 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Holiday Fort Lauderdale $1199
2020 Dec 27 17 days, round-trip Western Caribbean & Panama Canal Sunfarer Holiday Fort Lauderdale $2299
2021 Jan 03 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Fort Lauderdale $1249
2021 Jan 13 11 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Fort Lauderdale $1399
2021 Jan 24 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Fort Lauderdale $1399
2021 Feb 03 11 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Fort Lauderdale $1399
2021 Feb 14 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Fort Lauderdale $1399
2021 Feb 24 11 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Fort Lauderdale $1399
2021 Mar 07 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Fort Lauderdale $1399
2021 Mar 17 11 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Fort Lauderdale $1399
2021 Mar 28 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Fort Lauderdale $1399
2021 Apr 07 11 days, round-trip Panama Canal Sunfarer Fort Lauderdale $1399

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